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Anyone running a loader mounted snowblower

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by oldmankent, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    Specifically on a tractor. It would have a pto mounted pump and possibly hydraulic tank. Seems like it would be a pretty sick machine for these huge storms we seem to get alot. Also would be great for just doing drives in general if they were close enough and blowing back piles. If anyone does have one, what do you use it for specifically, and what size tractor and blower are you running? Thanks, Nick.

    Something like this
    http://www.sheyennemfg.com/index.php?p=ct
     
  2. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    Its not a half bad idea, a guy around here has one. Although he seems to have a lot of downtime. Not sure if thats related to the blower or something else.

    As far as those particular blowers go, they seem to be way over designed. If you are running a hydraulic blower, there is no need for a chain, let alone 2, and especially with all that in the intake area. Just asking for trouble IMO.

    It seems that there would be a lot of extra cost and complexity for this type of system over that of say a skid steer setup. High flow skid steers have as much or more power as well.
     
  3. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
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    Agree. I had the same initial reaction looking at those chain drives. There are others out there though that are different. That particular one I posted a link to also uses the tractor's hydraulic fluid and not its own. I wonder if there could be any issues with overheating?
     
  4. scottr

    scottr Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    Loader mounted blower, works well but they are maintenance hogs. This is last spring after an Avy came down across the road, slid was about 32' high and 300' long. It's a workout clearing them. ( Atigun Pass, Dalton Hwy )

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  5. scottr

    scottr Senior Member
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    Another shot

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  6. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    I would tend to think that there could be an overheating issue trying to push that much flow on a compact tractor resevoir/cooling package. A high flow skid steer giving those kinds of flow rates has a significant cooling package to handle the heat.

    Most tractor hydraulics don't have the gpm you need as well to eliminate a system such as this.
     
  7. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
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  8. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
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    I think I just found out who makes Kubota's snowblowers for their compact tractors. Just got one, and it looks exactly like these only painted Kubota orange, and Kubotas come from Quebec.

    To give a response to your question, why not just use a skid steer blower? The problem I see is the tractor hydraulics more than the actual snowblower being used.
     
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
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  10. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    Rad tech makes all the OEM snow blowers for JD, Kubota, New Holland and many more. Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is a term used when one company makes a part or subsystem that is used in another company's end product.
     
  11. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    Hydraulic driven snow blowers, are far less powerful then PTO driven snow blowers.
     
  12. NickSnow&Mow

    NickSnow&Mow Senior Member
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    I dont know much but from what ive heard they're 3x as complecated 3x the price and less powerfull.
     
  13. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    Ok, yes I knew it was an OEM from Quebec, his photos looked almost identical to the Kubota orange painted model so I thought maybe that was their own brand.